Co-host Australia surged into their first Girls’s World Cup semifinal after a heart-stopping 7-6 penalty shoot-out win towards France on Saturday as European champion England awaits.
With the 2 sides locked at 0-0 after 120 minutes, all of it got here all the way down to Australia’s Cortnee Vine, and she or he coolly transformed the profitable kick to ship the Brisbane crowd into raptures.
It ended a exceptional, drama-filled, shoot-out that noticed each groups take 10 penalties.
Australia coach Tony Gustavsson mentioned it was essentially the most emotionally draining evening of his profession.
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“I’ve gained medals, however I mentioned to the group earlier than this sport that it’s not concerning the medals round your neck,” he added.
“It’s concerning the coronary heart beating on the again of it. And the center beating tonight on this group and on this nation, unbelievable. I’m so freaking proud about this group.”
In entrance of a sell-out crowd of greater than 50,000, Australia’s victory was achieved regardless of Sam Kerr once more being left on the bench at kick-off.
The talismanic Matildas captain, now match after a calf harm, got here on early within the second half and duly transformed her penalty within the shoot-out.
Australia goalkeeper Mackenzie Arnold had missed an opportunity to win the sport when her kick hit the publish, however she saved twice from Kenza Dali after the VAR noticed she had each ft off her line the primary time.
Vicki Becho missed France’s tenth penalty, and it was left to Vine to beat France’s substitute goalkeeper Solene Durand, who had been despatched on particularly for the shoot-out.
“It’s a must to be pleased with the ladies tonight. They performed an distinctive match,” French coach Herve Renard mentioned.
“It went from one finish to the opposite and it’s arduous to say who deserved it extra. Congratulations to Australia.
“We now have to maintain our heads up and take into consideration the (Paris) Olympic Video games.”
There’s a rising sense of optimism and expectation in Australia that their group might go all the best way.
The 2011 champions Japan have been defeated 2-1 by Sweden on Friday, which means there will probably be a brand new title on the World Cup trophy this 12 months.
Outgoing holders america and former champions Norway and Germany are all already out.
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